Vail Daily letter: Need true public servants
Ryan Summerlin December 10, 2013
Next November will again be “party time”; again there will be the proverbial “clash of the titans,” the Democrats vs. the Republicans, not about principle, well-founded conviction or altruistic resolve, but to attain personal entitlements to elective office by job seekers of every stripe. Our electoral process has manifested itself in hollow promises and in abject misrepresentations by aspirants of high office ever since the day when “service for the people” became “a career opportunity for the elected.”
Partisan politics are always at play when agenda is promulgated by the DNC or the RNC, and in turn facilitated by “super-PACs” and those aspirants who adhere to the dictates of their respective parties. Ergo, to be in lock-step with the party is to become elected, and to eschew the pertinent and meaningful issues that sub-serve the people’s interest or those of individuals. The Affordable Care Act is a case in point. It was drafted, enacted, endorsed, and implemented by an incompetent Congress and administration on straight party lines by the Democrats — no Republican was invited to those events, nor engaged in its enactment and implementation.
Now, the chickens have come home to roost, and the ACA is the end product of partisan politics at its best — unconstitutional, rife with corruption and mathematically unworkable. It is amusing and telling to now observe the Democrats in their endeavors to disown involvement in this debacle, from its genesis to now at its demise. If their prior involvement with this national scandal works to their disadvantage at election time, then personal interests trump vision and conviction for a principle, and they will abandon the ACA with feigned disgust. Had they but read the ACA bill at the time of its enactment, then perhaps they may not have touted it as the end-all in universal health coverage for the American people, excepting themselves of course. So, this is where we have come to be — career entitlement to political office, rather than conviction driven service on behalf of the people.
Nor are Republicans immune from the selfish interests of career-minded politicos. They will play the failure of the ACA to the hilt in a “I told you so” campaign mode. Yet, they have not proffered one conservative and viable alternative to the Democrat’s social ploy to earn the elective jobs they seek. Repealing the ACA is one thing, but supplanting it with a workable alternative is far more difficult and different. I would think that at least one Republican aspirant would step forward with a call to return to the private insurers’ marketplace, regulated by the various states, and implemented under the actuarial principles of insurance for insurance sake alone. Social considerations for the uninsured or those with pre-existing infirmities could be addressed and funded via tax incentives (credits) for insurers and employers alike, in conjunction with tort reform and interstate competition between the purveyors of insurance. Where is the candidate that would promote these tried, true and workable principles? This is the stuff of a servant of the people, and not of a candidate for elective office opting out of a failing private sector. Come November of 2014, unless we find the servants that will candidly address the real problems confronting the people, the party will be over not only for the DNC and RNC, but for us all.